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Mississippi's Rep. Joe Gardner dies

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JACKSON, Ms. (KNOE 8 News) - Mississippi House officials say state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville died Monday. He was 68.

Gardner, a Democrat, had served in the 122-member House since 2007 and was chairman the House Ethics Committee.

He represented District 11, which included parts of Panola and Tate counties.

Gardner was a Vietnam veteran and was chaplain at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.

House Speaker Philip Gunn says he was shocked and saddened by Gardner's death. Republican Gunn says Gardner "was a fine man who was well-liked by everyone."

Gardner is the second House member to die in the past month. Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point died Jan. 13.


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